Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Almost but not quite: The coat nearly fits.
  • adv. In a close manner; intimately: a matter nearly affecting our interests.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. almost, but not quite; slightly short of
  • adv. intimately; closely

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a near manner; not remotely; closely; intimately; almost.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Close at hand; in close proximity; at no great distance; hence, narrowly; with close scrutiny.
  • Closely: as, two persons nearly related.
  • Intimately; pressingly; with a close relation to one's interest or happiness.
  • Within a little of; almost: as, nearly twenty; the prisoner nearly escaped; nearly dead with cold.
  • With niggardliness or parsimony.
  • Exactly; precisely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
  • adv. in a close manner

Etymologies

near +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

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